It's been a tough year, boxing fans. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao soap opera has drained the life out of the sport and there's only one solution to that problem--ending the negotiations.
I thought for a minute that both fighters would do what was right for the sport. I thought they would give boxing fans the fight they deserve and the sport desperately needs.
I thought wrong.
According to Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, Mayweather was supposed to decide whether he would agree to terms by July 19. The day came, and instead of the rejoicing, boxing fans were left in a melancholy state after Mayweather's team said they were never apart of any negotiations surrounding the November 13 megafight.
Nobody knows what went wrong. Maybe the Mayweather camp is right. Maybe Arum never contacted them because he wanted Pacquiao to fight Antonio Margarito in the first place. Or perhaps this is another duck-and-dodge move by Mayweather
The fact of the matter is boxers shouldn't tease fans with childish games and adolescent antics. Mayweather is too old to be playing games. Either you want to fight or you don't.
From what I've seen these past few months, it doesn't look like Mayweather wants to fight. A statement Mayweather made last week to the Associated Press pretty much sums up how he feels.
"I'm not interested in rushing to do anything. I'm not really thinking about boxing right now. I'm just relaxing. I fought about 60 days ago, so I'm just enjoying myself, enjoying life, enjoying my family and enjoying my vacation."
Floyd Mayweather is a great fighter, an exceptional business man, but one thing he isn't, is a hungry boxer.
Manny Pacquiao needs to take Arum's advice and fight someone else, but why would he decide to fight another boxer if this is the best fight available?
Well the truth is Mayweather stands more to lose than Pacquiao does. This will haunt Mayweather for the rest of his career if he chooses not to fight. Pacquiao, on the other hand, seemingly did everything he could to make this fight happen but to no avail.
In the past, when Mayweather was called out he was not actively pursued by his opponents the way he is now.
Pacquiao is pursuing a fight with Mayweather too passionately. If Pacquiao flaunts his other options, while fans criticize Mayweather, that could possibly have a better chance of making Pacquiao-Mayweather happen then typical discussions between the camps.
Either way, both fighters are nearing the end of their illustrious careers. Pacquiao doesn't want to wait for Mayweather for the rest of his life. In addition, Mayweather also will have to consider how he will be remembered.
Arum previously stated that if Mayweather didn't make a decision by the July 19 deadline, then they would pursue a fight with Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.
Nobody knows what will take place in the next few weeks, but the best move for Pacquiao would to be exploring other options since Mayweather isn't willing to cooperate. It could lead to another interesting fight or it could pressure Mayweather into reconsidering his apathy towards the situation.